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The Family Center

Who We Are

The Family Center is a nonprofit organization working with New Yorkers affected by illness, crisis and loss. The Family Center's Legal Services Department has a new name, one that better reflects who we are and what we do. We are the Legal Wellness Institute,  a boutique law department housed in a remarkable nonprofit agency.

We represent clients in all five boroughs of New York City in housing, family and matrimonial actions, public benefits administrative hearings, and lifetime planning.  We work in courts throughout New York City.  Our lawyers make sure that clients maintain housing, medical insurance, public benefits and family stability. We achieve excellent, lasting results for our clients and their families.

Our dedicated attorneys and advocates provide quality legal services to the most vulnerable New Yorkers - those struggling with the dual challenges of poverty and serious illness.

How to Get Help

You can contact this organization by:

Contact Type
Phone Number
718-789-3841, ext. 150

We serve all individuals and families affected by severe illness. Our attorneys are zealous advocates and aid clients with a broad range of legal issues.

Our mission is simple: We provide the highest quality of legal services for our clients.

Who We Serve

  • Bronx County
  • Kings (Brooklyn) County
  • New York (Manhattan) County
  • Queens County
  • Richmond (Staten Island) County
Additional Service Area Info
Sliding scale based on income
Language(s) Spoken
  • French / Français
  • Haitian Creole / Kreyòl Ayisyen
  • Spanish / Español
Income Guidelines

We serve individuals and families affected by illness regardless of their income. Our services are generally free; for clients of moderate means we have a sliding scale fee based on income.

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Eligibility Restrictions

For help, you must be:
- an individual affected by severe illness;
- a caregiver for a minor child who is not biologically your own; or
- an individual or family affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Full Legal Representation
  • Brief Advice

General Contact Information

The Family Center
493 Nostrand Avenue, 3rd floor (map)
Brooklyn, NY 11216
718-789-3841, ext. 150
Last Review and Update: Apr 06, 2016

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